The Resource A short, offhand, killing affair : soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War, Paul Foos, (electronic book)

A short, offhand, killing affair : soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War, Paul Foos, (electronic book)

Label
A short, offhand, killing affair : soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War
Title
A short, offhand, killing affair
Title remainder
soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War
Statement of responsibility
Paul Foos
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Publisher's description: The Mexican-American War (1846-1848) found Americans on new terrain. A republic founded on the principle of armed defense of freedom was now going to war on behalf of Manifest Destiny, seeking to conquer an unfamiliar nation and people. Through an examination of rank-and-file soldiers, Paul Foos sheds new light on the war and its effect on attitudes toward other races and nationalities that stood in the way of American expansionism. Drawing on wartime diaries and letters not previously examined by scholars, Foos shows that the experience of soldiers in the war differed radically from the positive, patriotic image trumpeted by political and military leaders seeking recruits for a volunteer army. Promised access to land, economic opportunity, and political equality, the enlistees instead found themselves subjected to unusually harsh discipline and harrowing battle conditions. As a result, some soldiers adapted the rhetoric of Manifest Destiny to their own purposes, taking for themselves what had been promised, often by looting the Mexican countryside or committing racial and sexual atrocities. Others deserted the army to fight for the enemy or seek employment in the West. These acts, Foos argues, along with the government's tacit acceptance of them, translated into a more violent, damaging variety of Manifest Destiny
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Foos, Paul
Government publication
government publication level undetermined
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
  • Soldiers
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
  • United States
  • United States
Label
A short, offhand, killing affair : soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War, Paul Foos, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-216) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction 3 -- 1 The Regular Army and Antebellum Labor: Service and Servitude 13 -- 2 Citizens' Militias in the United States 31 -- 3 Volunteer Excitement among the Masses 45 -- 4 Forced to Volunteer: The Politics of Compulsion 61 -- 5 Discipline and Desertion in Mexico 83 -- 6 Atrocity: The Wage of Manifest Destiny 113 -- 7 Dreams of Conquest and the Limits of the White Man's Democracy 139 -- 8 Free Soil and the Heritage of the Citizen-Soldier 155
Control code
ebr10202621
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
223 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill., map.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
A short, offhand, killing affair : soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War, Paul Foos, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-216) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction 3 -- 1 The Regular Army and Antebellum Labor: Service and Servitude 13 -- 2 Citizens' Militias in the United States 31 -- 3 Volunteer Excitement among the Masses 45 -- 4 Forced to Volunteer: The Politics of Compulsion 61 -- 5 Discipline and Desertion in Mexico 83 -- 6 Atrocity: The Wage of Manifest Destiny 113 -- 7 Dreams of Conquest and the Limits of the White Man's Democracy 139 -- 8 Free Soil and the Heritage of the Citizen-Soldier 155
Control code
ebr10202621
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
223 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill., map.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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